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Our history

UniCredit Group was officially founded in 1870, when Banca di Genova - later renamed Credito Italiano - opened for business. However, some of the banks that subsequently joined our group trace their origins much further back, such as Rolo Banca, founded in 1473.

UniCredit Group Historical Archives and Libraries


Our Group has a very long history. UniCredit was formed as a result of mergers starting in the 1990s including the acquisition of many important Italian and European banks.


Each of them has contributed to the creation of our shared cultural heritage, which we continually enhance and preserve, as part of our contribution to the progress of all our communities.


Our archives are located in each country where the Group is present. Most of the documentation is in Milan for the Holding, in Vienna for Bank Austria, and in Munich for UniCredit Bank AG ("HypoVereinsbank").



Historical Archives

In Italy, UniCredit's Historical Archives are one of the most important archives from a market history perspective. They include the historical records of many of the Italian banks which were acquired by the Group. Most of these were banks of ancient tradition active between the second half of the 15th century and the beginning of the 21st century.


The archives in Italy of the Joint Stock Company (JSC) banks are managed by UniCredit's offices in Milan and Rome, while the assets of public banks, savings banks and "Monti di Pietà" (similar to pawnshops) have been progressively transferred on a thirty-year free loan to banking foundations and historical archives of local public administrations.


Among the main materials managed directly by UniCredit in Italy are those of Credito Italiano, Banco di Roma and Banco di Santo Spirito.


UniCredit also has a library in Italy estimated to include around 60,000 volumes with a focus on banking, finance and economy.


It further includes art history books and antiques belonging to the former Credito Italiano, the most noteworthy of which is the so-called "Fondo Librario Antico Giovanni Vignali" consisting of over a thousand texts from the time period between 1603 and 1861, on various topics including history, law, religion, philosophy and also literature and science.

Access to Archives and Library Reading Rooms in Milan

UniCredit makes its heritage available as valuable resource for the benefit of researchers, scholars and visitors. The Group's cultural heritage extends across books, minutes, correspondences, photographs, films, advertising posters, office furniture as well as antique machinery. It is a vast collection of historical materials highlighting not just the history of our Group, but also of our communities. 


Access to the Archives and Library, located in Milan - via Livio Cambi, 1 - is free and available to all interested people upon request.


Consultation of documents and volumes is permitted by appointment.






Updated on 21 October 2020.